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Unformatted text preview: ¶ threats—to justify decisions for war and military intervention ; some ¶ presidents have compared enemy leaders to Hitler. The underlying ¶ assumption of the socalled Munich analogy is that the democracies ¶ could and should have stopped Hitler (thereby avoiding World War ¶ II and the Holocaust) by moving against him militarily before 1939. ¶ This assumption, however, is easy to make only in hindsight and ¶ ignores the political, military, economic, and psychological contexts of ¶ AngloFrench security choices during the 1930s. Among the myriad ¶ factors constraining those choices were memories of the horrors ¶ of World War I, failure to grasp the nature of the Nazi regime and ¶ Hitler’s strategic ambitions, France’s military inﬂexibility, Britain’s ¶ strategic overstretch, France’s strategic dependence on Britain, guilt ¶ over the Versailles Treaty of 1919, dread of strategic bombing and ¶ misjudgment of the Nazi air threat, American isolationism, and ¶ distrust...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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